Ben Carson: trans people in homeless shelters make others ‘not comfortable’

(Getty) The United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development has failed to recognise that nearly one-third of transgender Americans have experienced homelessness at one point in their lifetime, according to a 2015 survey of transgender people in the U.S – and has decided to focus on the fact that bigoted views are getting in the way of trans people having a roof over their heads.

Speaking out the spike in LGBT homelessness in a House subcommittee hearing, Carson responded to Illinois Democratic Representative Mike Quigley by saying that he will be driving an initiative to create separate homeless protections and shelters for transgender people.

“[We] obviously believe in equal rights for everybody, including the LGBT community. But we also believe in equal rights for the women in the shelters, and shelters where there are men and their equal rights,” Carson said at the meeting.

“So we want to look at things that really provide for everybody and doesn’t impede the rights of one for the sake of the other. So it’s a complex issue.” When trying to explain why this would be the case, Carson referred to the use of a “different anatomy” in the shelter’s shared spaces.

“There are some women […]

Australian government to subsidise HIV-preventing PrEP drugs

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis The Australian government will be offering subsidised HIV-preventing drugs, it has announced.

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) drug Truvada, which can drastically reduce people’s chances of being infected with HIV, has seen a massive uptake by the gay community globally over the past few years.

The drug is recommended for groups considered to be at high risk of exposure to HIV, most significantly men who have sex with men – and the evidence suggests that it can massively reduce HIV infections where it is provided to groups.

In a historic step, the Australian government today confirmed that it would subsidise the cost of PrEP across the entire country, adding it to a list of eligible medications for the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, which subsidises the cost of prescription drugs for Australians.

While branded PrEP drugs would previously have cost Australians thousand of dollars, Health Minister Greg Hunt says they will now be able to access the drugs at a greatly reduced price.

It will be available to people at high risk of HIV at a cost of $39.50 per month, with users receiving a three month prescription and a sexual health check each time they visit their GP. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with health […]

Cynthia Nixon is an out-and-proud woman hoping to make electoral history – so why is the LGBT lobby lined up against her?

(Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images) Cynthia Nixon announced her run for office this week with an election ad featuring her wife and children… but the LGBT lobby is backing a straight man instead.

The Sex and the City star and long-time LGBT activist this week announced a bid to become Governor of New York , as a Democratic primary challenger to the incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

But while Nixon could make history as the first out Governor of New York, her candidacy has been met with a largely hostile reaction from the LGBT lobby.

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT campaigning organisation in the United States, has resolutely stood by its endorsement of Gov. Cuomo, despite previously lavishing Nixon with praise.

The Victory Fund, which promotes LGBT candidates at all levels of politics, has remained silent on her candidacy.

And at the same time, many of the state’s prominent gay political figures have come out against Nixon’s campaign. Cynthia Nixon (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images) Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney – the first openly gay member of Congress from New York – laid into “holier-than-thou” Nixon for running against Cuomo, while Christine Quinn, who was the first out lesbian New York City […]

Will Young reveals he was told his singing voice was ‘too gay’ after winning Pop Idol

(Getty) Will Young has revealed that he was told his voice was “too gay” for music executives.

The British singer won Pop Idol in 2002, releasing three chart-topping singles and attracting millions of fans as he did so.

Nonetheless, Young had to endure music bosses who made him re-record tracks to avoid telling him that they thought his voice was ‘too gay.’ (Getty) He only found out when he was in the studio to lay down Leave Right Now, which went to number one and sold more than half a million copies in the UK.

“I didn’t know at the time,” he told The Telegraph.

“But when I was recording Leave Right Now, someone at the record company said I ‘sounded gay’ and kept making me re-record the track.” (Getty) Young, who revealed last month that he had to come out twice – once in his personal life and once professionally – opened up about how this made him feel.

“There’s a real flavour to homophobia and bigotry,” said Young, who now hosts podcast Homo Sapiens alongside his music career.“It’s really shaming. People don’t understand the power of language.” (Getty) The singer also opened up about his battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder […]

Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown found out he had a son 10 years after his secret birth

(Instagram/karamobrown) Karamo Brown has revealed that he only found out he had a child 10 years after their birth.

Brown, who has shot to fame as the Queer Eye reboot’s culture expert , is now the happy father of two boys.

But the journey there has been fraught and emotional for the 37-year-old. (Getty) “I came out at 16-years-old as a proud, gay man,” he told Parents.com.

“My last girlfriend in high school – when I was 15 – became pregnant with my child but did not tell me.

“She moved away, and I never had contact with her again; remember this is before social media.” (Getty) A whole decade passed before he received a subpoena for child support, seemingly out of the blue.

“I was confused, sad, angry, and weirdly excited to be a dad, but felt lost nonetheless,” he recalled.But he held no ill will towards his ex-girlfriend. (Getty) “We were both kids and don’t blame her for the decision she made because the choice was not hers, it was the adults around us,” said Brown.The TV star took full custody of his son, Jason, straight away, saying: “It wasn’t always easy, but when it comes to your children, giving up […]

Mike Pence’s daughter is a fan of John Oliver’s book about gay bunny

Mike Pence’s daughter Charlotte Pence Mike Pence’s daughter Charlotte Pence has come out in support of John Oliver’s book about her family’s gay bunny.

Vice President Mike Pence’s family this week released a book about his family’s bunny, titled ‘Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President’.

In a protest against his anti-LGBT policies, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver penned his own imitation book ‘A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo’ – which portrays the bunny as gay and seeking the right to marry his bunny lover.

Oliver’s book, which has topped the bestseller list in the US, has earned a surprising fan – Mike Pence’s daughter Charlotte Pence.

Speaking to Fox, Ms Pence – who penned the original story – said: “I think imitation is the most sincere form of flattery in a way, but also, in all seriousness, his book is contributing to charities that I think we can all get behind.

“We have two books that are giving to charities that are both about bunnies, so I’m all for it, really.” All proceeds from Oliver’s book go to LGBT suicide charity The Trevor Project and AIDS United – two causes her father is highly unlikely to get […]

Demi Lovato and Q-Tip’s fabulous Sir Elton John cover celebrates voguing in a gay bar

(YouTube/QTipVEVO) Demi Lovato and Q-Tip have covered Sir Elton John’s classic duet Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – and the video is fabulous.

Set at an LGBT bar, it features spectacular dancers and looks, despite Demi and Q-Tip’s absence.

The camp, fun-filled celebration of voguing and queer culture has been created ahead of the release of Sir Elton’s star-studded twin albums covering his back catalogue. (YouTube/QTipVEVO) The albums, called Revamp and Restoration, will include an extensive list of contributors, including Dolly Parton, the Killers, Mary J Blige, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Pink and Coldplay.

The fantastic video comes after Demi revealed last year that she was open to dating women , saying: “That’s how I’ve always felt.”

The Sorry Not Sorry singer opened up further about her sexual orientation earlier this month , explaining: “I’m very fluid, and I think love is love. (Getty) “You can find it in any gender. I like the freedom of being able to flirt with whoever I want.”

In a statement, Q-Tip said that his song and the accompanying albums show that the legend of Sir Elton was still standing. (YouTube/QTipVEVO) “Elton’s influence shows you that the possibilities of music are endless,” he said.“He’s astute in so many […]

Yarl’s Wood to deport trans woman who faces ‘violence and rape’ in Thailand

(Getty) A transgender woman in Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre who says she entered the UK when she was sex trafficked by a gang will be deported back to Thailand in a matter of days to a “situation of great danger.”

Tanya*, who has been detained in Yarl’s Wood since December 30 2017, has been informed that she will be deported to her home nation of Thailand in a matter of days in a Home Office bail hearing today.

Alledging that she was trafficked into the country as a sex worker in 2014, Tanya says she escaped a gang in which she was indentured as a “ladyboy escort” in 2015 and began to build a new life as an asylum claimant.

However, when she had to “sign” to confirm her identity and status as an asylum claimant in the UK on December 30, she was told that she would be taken to an immigration detention centre, Yarl’s Wood, away from her and her partner Oli’s home.

Since that date, she has endured a hunger strike, solitary confinement and ill mental health as she has fought for her right to stay in the country.

“When I arrived I felt shocked, I felt sad, I felt […]

Texas bombing suspect compared ‘unnatural’ homosexuality to paedophilia and bestiality

(Facebook/Danene Conditt) The man suspected of targeting Austin, Texas with a series of parcel bombs published horrendously homophobic online, it has been revealed.

Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, died earlier today after detonating a device as police officers approached his car just north of Austin.

Two people have died this month from explosions after receiving bombs sent in packages, with another six injured by the blasts. (Getty) Conditt graduated from Austin Community College after being homeschooled by his mother, according to the Austin Statesman newspaper.

In a blog seemingly set up for a class about US government, the bombing suspect wrote a post titled: “Why gay marriage should be illegal”.

The blog post was written in response to another student who said that same-sex marriage “shouldn’t be such a big deal. (Getty) “I believe that people are people and they can love whoever they want to love,” the student added, before pointing out: “You can’t help who you fall in love with and the government shouldn’t tell them who they can and cannot marry.”

Conditt disagreed, writing that “falling in love is a choice. When you ‘fall in love’ you become infatuated with your significant other, and you will eventually fall out of love.”He then […]

John Oliver reveals that his gay parody of a story about Mike Pence’s rabbit has sold out

(YouTube/theellenshow) John Oliver has revealed that his pro-LGBT version of a children’s story about Vice President Mike Pence’s rabbit has sold out.

Pence’s family this week released a book about their bunny, titled “Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President”.

As part of a wider segment about the Vice President’s anti-LGBT policies and support for Donald Trump, Oliver announced that a gay parody of the Pence family’s book was being released by his show. (HBO) “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents: A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo” tells the story of a gay rabbit in a rainbow bow-tie who falls in love.

It is now the number-one bestseller on Amazon – three places above the Pences’ book.

And, Oliver has revealed to Ellen DeGeneres on her show, the book has now sold out. (YouTube/theellenshow) “Unfortunately we have sold out, because we were not anticipating people really buying it,” he said, laughing.

“But,” he reassured Ellen, “you can – they’re doing a reprint, so you can still buy it. You can buy the second printing, but it’ll take a few weeks.”The book has sold a whopping 180,000 copies so far. (YouTube/theellenshow) Proceeds from the book will go to […]